A few years ago, the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation was approached by a visionary, who happened to be a former teacher, to create a program specifically to encourage early reading. Now celebrating its fifth year, that program – Good Things Happen to Readers- has impacted thousands of 1st grade Grand Rapids Public Schools students by putting books into their hands, hearts and homes!
Yesterday, the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation hosted its 5th Good Things Happen to Readers celebration with 32 volunteers -equipped with boxes of books – to visit 30 different GRPS elementary schools. This year’s book selection was Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett – a beautifully illustrated story about a young girl who transforms her drab, black–and-white community into a kaleidoscope of vibrant color because of a box of magical yarn. And thanks to the generosity of one thoughtful, former teacher, each student (more than 1,300 in all) received their very own book to keep!
By partnering with the people and organizations of our tremendous community, the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation can continue to support early literacy and a love of reading for all our students and prove to them that Good Things DO Happen to Readers!